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April 14, 2014
12:26 EDTNQ, WBMD, AHL, C, MDT, GDP, FB, EW, ENH, TWTROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after a bigger than expected increase in retail sales, along with better than expected headline profits at Citigroup (C), lent some confidence to buyers at the start of a holiday-shortened week of trading. The retail data, which showed sales notched their largest gain in 1.5 years in March, added to a recent string of better than expected domestic economic reports. However, today's data was followed by an upward move in the major averages, which had not been the case in some recent trading sessions. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales climbed 1.1% in March, beating expectations for an increase of 0.8%. Retail sales excluding autos rose 0.7%, which also beat estimates. Business inventories grew 0.4% in February, versus the consensus forecast for a 0.5% gain. In Europe, the EU's statistics agency said industrial production across the 18 countries that share the euro rose by 0.2% in February from the prior month and by 1.7% from the same month of the prior year. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup advanced more than 4% after the company's first quarter earnings, excluding one-time items and accounting adjustments, of $1.30 per share easily beat the consensus $1.14 per share forecast. CEO Michael Corbat said the company delivered strong results despite a quarter "that was difficult," noting that the bank reduced its deferred tax assets more than any other quarter since the crisis and drove Citi Holdings closer to break even. Prior to today's good news, the bank had been in focus for a number of negative headlines during the quarter, including its disclosure of fraud in its Mexican unit and the Federal Reserve objecting to its capital return plans... Twitter (TWTR) shares rose over 3% after the company disclosed that its co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, and its CEO, Richard Costolo, have informed the company that they have no current plans to sell any of their shares as a lockup of the stock approaches on May 5. Social network peer Facebook (FB) also gained more than 1.5% after news reports from Europe said the company is close to obtaining Irish regulatory approval to provide financial services such as electronic payments and exchanges with other members... Aspen Insurance (AHL) remained up 10% near noon despite the company rejecting the takeover offer that its peer in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Endurance Specialty (ENH), made public. Aspen said the "ill-conceived" $47.50 per share buyout offer made by Endurance represents a "strategic mismatch" and carries "significant execution risk." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), which jumped 37% after the company reported strong results for a well it drilled in Louisiana. Also higher was WebMD (WBMD), which advanced 18% after advising it now expects its Q1 revenue to be at the high end of the range the company previously provided and for its adjusted EBITDA to beat the high end of its prior guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Medtronic (MDT), which dropped 2% after its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences (EW), was granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's CoreValve system in the U.S. due to patent infringement. Edwards, which was upgraded at JPMorgan and CRT Capital following the court victory, gained 12%. Also lower again were shares of NQ Mobile (NQ), which slid another 5.8% as its post-earnings weakness continues. Short selling research firm Muddy Waters, which has previously alleged NQ to be a fraud, said the recently reported results indicate that the company's auditor has stepped up its scrutiny of the Chinese company. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 131.17, or 0.82%, to 16,157.92, the Nasdaq was up 40.19, or 1.0%, to 4,039.93, and the S&P 500 was up 15.84, or 0.87%, to 1,831.53.
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July 16, 2015
08:03 EDTCCiti reports book value per share of $68.27 at end Q2
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08:02 EDTCCiti CEO says Q2 results show 'very balanced performance' across business lines
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08:01 EDTCCiti reports Q2 common equity tier 1 capital ratio 11.4%
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08:00 EDTCCiti reports Q2 EPS ex-CVA/DVA $1.45, consensus $1.34
Reports Q2 revenue $19.5B, consensus $19.11B. CVA/DVA was $312M, or $196M, in the second quarter 2015, compared to negative $33M in the prior year period. Second quarter 2014 results also included the impact of a $3.8B charge, or $3.7 billion after-tax, to settle legacy RMBS and CDO-related claims.5 Excluding CVA/DVA, revenues were $19.2B, down 2% from the prior year period. Excluding CVA/DVA and the impact of the mortgage settlement in the prior year period, earnings were $1.45 per diluted share, up 17% from prior year earnings of $1.24 per diluted share. Including CVA/DVA, EPS was $1.51.
07:42 EDTMDTMedtronic upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
BTIG upgraded Medtronic to Buy with a $89 price target. The firm believes the recent pullback has provided a buying opportunity and views the company as well positioned for growth with revenue upside, strong cash deployment, and more Covidien synergies than some expect.
05:54 EDTMDTMedtronic recalls Shiley neonatal, pediatric tracheostomy tubes
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July 15, 2015
16:00 EDTTWTR, FB, COptions Update; July 15, 2015
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15:27 EDTCCiti July 56.5 straddle priced for 2.4% movement into Q2
14:53 EDTCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:05 EDTCCiti reports June credit loss 2.49% vs. 2.86% last month
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13:56 EDTCEarnings Watch: Analysts mixed on Citi after settlements, asset sales
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13:52 EDTTWTRSoftbank COO says would be interested in Twitter 'at right price,' Fortune says
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13:50 EDTCEarnings Watch: Goldman Sachs to report after last quarter's earnings beat
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12:18 EDTTWTRTwitter rolls out data dashboard for all users
In a blog post the company said: "Today, we’re continuing to roll out to all users the Twitter data dashboard — a new tool to help you monitor and manage your account....Now, your Twitter data dashboard — which you can access from the settings menu on twitter.com — shows your account activation details, the devices that have accessed your account and your recent login history. With this information, you can quickly review your account activity and verify that everything looks the way it should." Reference Link
09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC RCPT MU YUM NFLX CELG
09:18 EDTFBAdobe's Flash disabled by Google due to security worries, WSJ says
Just days after Facebook's (FB) top security executive called on Adobe (ADBE) to discontinue its Flash animation player, Google’s (GOOG) Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers blocked old versions of the software on Tuesday after reports that hackers were using a security flaw to infiltrate computers, reported The Wall Street Journal's "Digits" blog. Firefox and Chrome will allow Flash to run again if it is updated with the patch Adobe released Tuesday morning, the report noted. Reference Link
08:33 EDTFBFacebook target raised to $110 at Morgan Stanley on mobile ad strength
Morgan Stanley raised 2015 and 2016 revenue estimates for Facebook and increased its price target on the shares to $110 due to scale and improving products. The firm's mobile ad checks indicate Facebook is still the mobile industry leader, has low pricing and high ad ROI, and continues to pull in a larger share of ad budgets and ad dollars per MAU. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating on shares of the social network owner, which closed yesterday at $89.68.
08:27 EDTFBAdobe says Google display ad strategy underperforms Facebook in Q2
In its "Digital Advertising & Social Intelligence Report" for Q2, Adobe (ADBE) wrote that Facebook's (FB) display ad changes doubled its click-through-rates, or CTRs, year-over-year in the quarter, while Google's (GOOG) display targeting changes reduced its number of ads seen by 22% compared to the prior year and its CTRs were up "only" 24% compared to the same period of last year. The report also contends that the "Mobilegeddon" fears regarding Google's changes to favor mobile friendly sites came true, noting that sites with low mobile engagement saw up to a 10% decrease in organic traffic after the changes were made by the search giant. Reference Link
07:29 EDTMDTAmerican Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society to hold annual meeting
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06:29 EDTTWTREvan Williams would leave Twitter board if 3 former CEOs not preferred, WSJ says
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